Masculine cards always seem to pose a challenge to most card makers, but the new True Gentleman Suite of products makes them so easy! I absolutely love the masculine patterns in the True Gentleman Designer Series Paper and the color scheme of Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Night of Navy and Tranquil Tide. For today’s card, I used a mix of patterned papers and paired it with a sentiment from the Truly Tailored stamp set. This week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches provided the perfect layout!
Very Vanilla ~ 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 4-1/4″
Very Vanilla ~ 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
Houndstooth Paper ~ 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
Pipe & Moustache Paper ~ 3″ x 5-1/2″
Scraps of Very Vanilla & Chocolate Chip for die-cutting and stamping
Start by layering the Houndstooth designer series paper over the Very Vanilla card base. Next layer the Pipe & Moustache designer series paper onto the smaller piece of Very Vanilla card stock, then adhere it to the card front. You could easily change the patterns to fit a different color scheme by using these same cutting instructions.
For the focal point, I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla card stock in Chocolate Chip ink and in Crumb Cake ink. The Chocolate Chip sentiment was die cut with the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits. I cut the “Dapper” from the Crumb Cake-stamped sentiment and banner-cut the ends before adhering it over the main sentiment. A Chocolate Chip square was also die cut from the Stitched Shapes Framelits, layered behind the sentiment square, and popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
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I am so excited to start sharing the cards I’ve been making with new products from the Occasions catalog! This is definitely one of my favorites. It features an amazing sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch! and some beautiful new Designer Series Paper called Painted with Love. The paper is stunning with its brushstroke designs and splashes of gold foil. You’ll definitely want to add it to your next order.
For the focal point, I stamped the “Sure Do Love You” sentiment in Melon Mambo ink onto Whisper White card stock before cutting the words apart. A small heart was stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink, then die cut. The Sure Do Love You stamp set coordinates with the Lots to Love Box Framelits, used for die-cutting both heart shapes. The “Love” was die-cut from gold foil with the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies. To tie everything together, I added some Powder Pink Mini Tinsel Trim to the back of the large heart. The tinsel trim is available in a 2-pack that also includes a pretty gold trim. I love the bit of sparkle it adds to the project.
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Happy Friday everyone! I’m sure you are busy with last-minute prep for the holidays. If you haven’t started your card-making, it’s not too late! I’ve chosen some simple designs from the Holiday catalog to CASE (Copy & Share Everything) that fit this week’s theme at TGIF Challenges. Our creations are inspired by Christmas Carols and we would love for you to play along with us. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, you can choose a song from whatever holiday you celebrate. Click HERE to view the Design Team’s inspiration cards.
Check out page 14 of the Holiday Catalog. Can you see which cards I copied? One of them is part of a scrapbook page! Both of my cards today use the Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Card Pack. These card packs are just perfect for whipping up a quick, simple card.
On this first card, I started with a Whisper White card base, then layered a trimmed-down piece of Crumb Cake pattern card from the Memories & More pack. I’ve been dying to cut into this beautiful plaid paper from the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper, so this was a perfect fit. The greeting is from one of the 3″ x 4″ cards and I trimmed it to fit onto the black-striped border card. Instead of ornaments, I embellished the final card with a simple White Baker’s Twine bow.
This copied card is also pictured on page 14. You’ll notice that I stepped it up a bit. I added the plaid paper and switched to green trees with White Craft ink plus Clear wink of Stella. The musical note paper is from the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper Pack.
Again, we would love for you to join our challenge and play along. You’ll find all the details HERE.
I think my crafty mojo decided it needed an end of summer vacation. I’ve got so many new goodies to play with in my stamp room, but unfortunately I’ve had no time or energy to speak of lately. This always tends to happen when life gets hectic and I’ve found a few tips that help with getting my mojo back . I’ll be sharing those tips at the end of this post, but my first tip is to attempt a simple project. I find that picking a single stamp set that I haven’t used and pairing it with a sketch is a great way to start. For today’s card, I’m using the Coffee Cafe photopolymer bundle and the 300th sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.
I’m not much of a coffee drinker. I might partake in the occasional cappuccino, but that’s about it. However, this stamp set is absolutely adorable and hard to resist. I love the coordinating Coffee Break Designer Series Paper and there will even be an additional stamp set to coordinate with the dies coming in the Holiday catalog. You’ll definitely want to add it to your wish list!
As you can see, the layout is very simple. The card base is Crumb Cake card stock. The layers of designer series paper measure 2″ x 4-3/4″ and 1-3/4″ x 3-1/2″. I accented the card with a corrugated heart, a Garden Green enamel heart, and some linen thread. The larger coffee cup was stamped in Early Espresso ink onto Crumb Cake (cup) and Early Espresso (lid), then die cut with the Big Shot. If you are wondering about the smaller cups, they were simply die cut directly from one of the patterns in the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper. You’ll find the complete list of supplies at the end of this post.
I’d love to hear from you. What do you do to get your creative juices flowing? Leave me a comment below.
I should have at least one more post for you this week. Don’t forget to check out the BOGO sale on Facebook. There are still over 100 great stamp sets to choose from.
Hi Everyone! I’ve been swamped at work the past few weeks so there hasn’t been much time to stamp lately. Sadly, we’ve had several patients experience the loss of a family member within the last month and I am out of sympathy cards. My husband let me know that my next stamping project needed to be restocking our sympathy cards at the office. I needed something quick & easy, but still beautiful. The Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper was a perfect fit with the sympathy greeting from the Rose Wonder stamp set. I paired those two with this week’s sketch from TGIF Challenges to create this clean & simple card.
I plan to recreate this card with multiple patterns of the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper. Here are the measurements that I used:
Polka Dots: 1″ x 4-3/4″
Floral: 2″ x 4″
Whisper White: 4-1/4″ x 11, scored at 5-1/2″ (card base)
Whisper White: 4″ x 5-1/4″ (front layer)
I stamped the greeting, label outline, and a couple of leaf images, then die cut with the Rose Garden Thinlits dies and the Big Shot. An additional flower was die cut from Tangerine Tango to place behind the sentiment. All in all, this card took just a few minutes to create.
If you love sketch challenges, color challenges, technique challenges, and more, be sure to check out the TGIF Challenges blog. We post a new challenge each Friday and our designers are amazing with their inspiring projects. You are welcome to upload your creations to our blog using the INLinkz at the end of each challenge. We announce a winner every Friday, too!